Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Drawing with Jan Brett's "How to Draw an Elephant"



Children love to draw things that look realistic. Kindergarten children draw with a special joy and ease that makes it fun to teach them new skills. Kindergarteners spend the first half of their art year learning about lines/shapes and how that is what makes a drawing. After lots of practice with various lessons the children are introduced to Jan Brett's "How to Draw an Elephant" video from her website. I have tried several of the Jan Brett's lessons and the drawing that is the most successful is the elephant drawing. The children are thrilled with the results! Before they begin to draw, they watch the demonstration video all the way through. When the demo ends I have them get their Sharpie markers ready and I replay the video slowly stopping with each step and emphasizing the directions. Instead of finishing the drawings with water colors (like Jan Brett does ) we use colored chalk. The drawings are done on the first day and a lesson on using chalk is done on the second day.

The instructions for chalk drawing have to be made very clear. The children use a tissue as a "blending tool." I repeat the instruction of "color lightly" and model what that means several times. I show the children how to layer colors, how to use the tip or the side of the chalk, and how to keep their hands clean with an extra tissue. Once the lesson is over, I have them take their drawings to a clean spot so their tables can be cleared for cleaning with a wet wipe.



Artist Made Ornament Exchange

The Collective Muse is a group of artist who live and work in Nashville, Tennessee. Our backgrounds and our interests in art vary but we all agree that our purpose is to encourage and support each other in art making. Our group has evolved over the past seven years, member have come and gone, but a core group of us remains. This year we celebrated the Christmas Season by having our first "Artist Made Ornament Exchange."

The variety of ornaments was amazing, everything from collaged hearts bedazzled with glitter, felted creatures, origami cranes, folded book stars, collaged brie boxes with butterflies, fabric/felt folk symbols, and painted wood scraps. We drew numbers for who would go first and went around the pile of wrapped ornaments picking in turn. Once we were done picking, we took turns opening each set of artist ornaments at a time.

" Ohhhs and Ahhhhs" cooed all around the table as we opened each one. Everyone's face was bright with joy, surprise and delight. The Christmas Season has become steeped in commercial goods for many people but not during this event. It was such a pleasure to give and receive beautifully handcrafted objects made by each other. My " Visions of Sugar Plums" are of one day having a Christmas Tree covered from top to bottom with only handmade ornaments of my friends and family. The Collective Muse's Artist Made Ornament Exchange is sure to become our annual tradition. I hope you create this tradition in your life too! Occupy Christmas!



Friday, July 29, 2011

Brand New Course - Saturday Course

Hello!

I am Camilla Spadafino, the art teacher at Lockeland Design Center, a k-4 Metro School in East Nashville. I have also been teaching an arts methods class for future teachers at Vanderbilt University. I have taught the class at Vanderbilt for two semesters and have been so inspired and amazed by that experience that I would like to continue the spirit of that class by working with a small group of children, hopefully, from the East Nashville community.

My grandmother was the piano teacher in her small town of Milan, TN. Not only was she able to share her love of music with young people but formed life long friendships with them. I loved it when these young people who eventually grew up, went to college, and moved on with their adult lives still came back to Milan and made a purposeful stop at my grandmother's home. I hope to bring that same warm th of experience through teaching art in my community.

The course I am offering is a Saturday course and is designed for students grades 4-8. I am also interested in working with high school students on more individualized projects and portfolio development. Please read the following course description for "Making Creativity the Norm." and let me know what you think! (special thanks to Shannon Truss for helping me with the course description and to Catherine McTamaney for inspiring me! )
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“Making Creativity the Norm”

Building and supporting a community of student artists in their journey into creativity as a way of life and learning

Instructor, Camilla Spadafino

Email: spadafino@comcast.net
Phone or Text: 615-830-8686

Goals for the (grade 4- 8) students in this course are:
1. Students will learn and practice techniques in mixed media art including: watercolor painting, acrylic painting, collage, sculpture, and drawing
2. Students will stay connected to the supportive online community we will create as part of this course as students continue their journey into “Making Creativity the Norm” in their lives
3. Students will learn how to and then continue to respond in their visual journals with specific teacher led assignments along with their own creations between workshops and beyond
4. Students will become familiar with notable contemporary artists, influential artists from history, and working artists from our community. Students will demonstrate their exposure to these artists by showing examples of their influences in their work
5. Students will be supported in developing an understanding of creativity and the essential need for it to be a fully integrated part of their learning and life

Course Description:
This course is designed to acquaint students grades 4-8 in the art of visual journaling as a means of “Making Creativity the Norm” in their lives. The course is open for up to 10 students in grades 4-8 who are interested in art and would like to be a part of building a supportive art community with course participants and their families.

The course includes eight, three hour workshops each having a unique focus on various art mediums and artist. The workshops are three hours long and will be held on Saturdays (one per month) during the months of August, September, October, November, January, February, March and April.(calendar coming soon) The workshops will be held at Camilla Spadafino’s home: 1413 Shelton Ave. Nashville, TN 37216. Students will be given specific assignments to be completed between workshops. The assignments will include projects to be completed in and out of their visual journals, sharing and responding to an online community to be used only by participants in this course and their families, specific and self-directed art museum visits and other field experiences (one required field experience per month)

This course is about the PROCESS of making art and becoming more creative – not the PRODUCT that students will be creating. Although students will be learning specific art skills as part of their personal creative process it will be the internal work that they are doing that is the focus of this course and not a goal “how things look” to others.

Suggested reading for parents:
A Whole New Mind by, Daniel Pink

A large part of my inspiration for this course comes from this book. Parents are encouraged to read it as a means of supporting their child in “Making Creativity the Norm.” Other readings will be shared with parents via email throughout the course.

Art Supplies and Materials:
All materials needed during the workshops, including the journals, will be provided to the students at no extra charge. Suggested Home Based Supply Kits are available for purchase at a slightly lower cost than should you purchase them yourself. You may have many of the supplies on hand already and it is completely your choice to purchase the Suggested Home Based Supply Kits, use what you have already on hand at home, or supplement with the below suggested list:
gesso
acrylic paint set
Yes Paste or UHO glue sticks
new Fiskars scissors
watercolor paint set
multipurpose brushes
a variety of design markers
variety of interesting papers

Suggested Home Based Supply Kits are optional and available for purchase through Camilla at the cost of the supplies to her. The kits will average about $125.00 depending on the number of students who wish to purchase one.

Fees:
Course Fee: $625
This fee includes:
Eight 3 hour workshops
Materials used during workshops
Online community supervised by Camilla
Teacher led monthly assignments with student accountability in workshop time
Teacher led monthly field visits with student accountability in workshop time
Culminating celebration at the completion of the course

Payments may be divided into four increments of $156.25 with the first being due at the time of the first workshop in August. The second payment is due in October. The third payment is due in January and the fourth and final payment is due in March.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Auction Has Ended and the Winners Are!

Item #1 Hero Pysanky Eggs, by Carrie Fanning - THE WINNER: Bo Parr, $170.00

Item #2 Handknit Hero Packpack, by Susan Hawes - THE WINNER: Kristen Hudson, $40.00

Item #3 Hero Ring with Green Disk, by Jill Block - THE WINNER: Lean Bergman, $15.00
Item #3 Hero Ring Joy Ring, by Jill Block - THE WINNER: Melissa Grim $20.00
Item #3 Hero Ring with Green Swirl, by Jill Block - THE WINNER: Brady D.B. $10.00
Item#3 Hero Ring with White Disk, by Jill Block - THE WINNER: Kaitlyn Nicholls $25.00
Item #3 Hero Ring with Dots, by Jill Block - THE WINNER: Amy Weaver $10.00

Item #4 Children are Heroes, by Mike Stutz - THE WINNER: Katherine Sjoblom $15.00

Item #5 Phone Booth, by Michelle Fuqua - THE WINNER: Hope Jones $125.00

Item #6 Home, by Angel Funk - THE WINNER: Valerie Jephson $50.00

Item #7 Lockeland Super Heroes, by Michelle Sharp - THE WINNER: Amy Harwell $340.00

Item #8 The Hero in You, by Katherine Sjoblom - THE WINNER: Amy Harwell $105.00

Item #9 Tomato and Goliath Print, by Camilla Spadafino - THE WINNER: Valerie Jephson $60.00

Item #10 The Hero Within, by Hosanna Banks - THE WINNER: Leigh Price $60.00

Item #11 Feather Tree, by Micha King - THE WINNER: The Gordons $20.00

Item #12 Animal Hero, by Shelia Smith - THE WINNER: Annalisa Zumbar $100.00

Thank you Art Heroes for donating your art for our auction ! Thank you bidders for your bids! Congratulations to the WINNERS!!!! Please make checks to: Lockeland Design Center. We are located at 105 South 17th Street (at the end of Woodland ) in 37206. Your items await you at the auction table. If you need assistance, please contact: Camilla Spadafino at camille.spadafino@mnps.org

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thank you! East Nashville values children, art and creativity!



















East Nashville has spoken with its support for the "Story of Heores Art Show and Sale" and it has said: East Nashville values children, creativity and art.

Thank you for supporting Lockeland Design Center's "Story of Heroes Art Show and Sale." There is a list a mile long of helping hands to thank starting with Dan Heller of Riverside Village, Sip, The Music School, Mitchell's Deli, and Wantanbe for hosting our event. The Art Show would most certainly not have happened this year without ART HERO and all around fabulous WONDER WOMAN, Michelle Sharp. There was also a team of incredible guest artist who spent countless hours in and out of the classroom working with the children and working on their own beautiful art that you will see below this post. Many hands helped to display the children's art and prepare it for the show. I fear listing each name because there were many and I don't want to leave anyone out. From the parents who manned the auction table to AmyRidings who organized all the bid sheets to the bidders who were both parents and community members- THANK YOU!!

A huge THANK YOU also goes out to each and every person and child who came out in attendance for the art show! It was magical to have Justin Lett of Eden's Gate heading up a team with the art teacher from Litton and all her wonderful students painting a Hero Mural. The crowd and the Litton Mural Painters were just a fantastic as the art on the walls, if not more so. Thank you all for showing up and being a part of a magical night filled with Art Super Power Energy!

Thank you to all the parents who have already sent in their $10.oo to purchase their children's art and also to those of you who are in the process of doing so. Thank you for all the donations that are coming in with that $10.oo purchase fee and to all those who made donations on the night of the Art Show. Thank you also to those who have purchased the HERO MUGs!

It feels so wonderful to be the art teacher at Lockeland Design Center because of all the marvelous people who support the arts for children in East Nashville. I am so proud of all the guest artist/ art heroes who worked with our children this year. Each and every guest artist/ art hero was a parent from Lockeland. This says a great deal about us as a community. East Nashville has spoken with its support for the "Story of Heroes Art Show and Sale" and it has said: EAST NASHVILLE VALUES OUR CHILDREN, CREATIVITY, AND ART!!! Our community has said this through its actions and its gifts.

THANK YOU!!
Camilla

Hello Heroes - YES - that's YOU!





























Hello Heroes!

It's Lockeland's Art Teacher, Camilla, writing to invite you to fly on over to Lockeland Design Center's 4th annual art show and sale at Riverside Village on Friday, May 6th from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.


This year's theme is "The Story of Heroes." We've been following the theme of Heroes at Lockeland this school year because of the marvelous stories that emerged from the heroes of the Nashville Flood. It's hard to believe that this time last year our community was sump-pumping, bailing out basements, handing out water, and providing shelter to friends in need.



Now it's time to put on your Super Hero capes and costumes and come join us as we celebrate our children's art. Please don't feel that you need to go out and buy a costume for this. I've encouraged the children at school to think of the POWER WORD they choose for themselves at the beginning of the year and to create a SUPER HERO costume that represents that word with things they find around the house. Some examples or the words the children picked are words like: creative, joyful, loving, strong, smart, and helpful.You will find all types of art that illustrates these power words at Riverside Villiage. The chlidren's art will be in the Music School, Sip, Mitchell's Deli, Wantanbe and in the Courtyard.


As a special treat this year we are excited to share the spotlight with Litton Middle School as they create a live Hero Mural in the courtyard, right before our eyes. You can also preview the mural designed by Andee Rudloff (http://www.chicnhair.com/) that will be coming soon to the of M & M furniture building. The murals are the brainchild of Justin Lett of Eden's Gate (http://theedengate.com/) These murals are a great addition to our community and a wonderful tribute to how vast and interconnected we all are.


Looking forward to seeing you this Friday, May 6th from 3:30 - 7:00 at Riverside Village - 1400 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

Auction Item # 1 Collection of 6 Psanky Eggs by, Carrie Fanning. Auction Ends May 20, 2011. Place your name and amount for you bid under "Comments"

The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Carrie Fanning - Ms. Butler's second grade class

“Greek Inspired Hero Sculptures”

THE STORY OF HEROES - “Greek Inspired Hero Sculptures”
Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Carrie Fanning – Ms. Butler's second grade

Carrie Fanning delighted us with stories of Greek Heroes from her favorite Greek mythology book. The children loved hearing the stories and then participated in a "Hero Dance a Thon." We played hero themed music and the children froze in a pose of a Greek Hero whenever we stopped the music. Once the dance activity ended, the students sculpted their favorite Greek Hero action pose in clay. The pieces are finished with colorful glaze and are complimented by a little story to go along with them.



Auction Item # 2 Hand Knit Hero Packpact, Susan Hawes, Place bid amount with your name under "Comments" Auction Ends May 20, 2011



The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Susan Hawes - Mrs. Birdwell's third grade class

“Hero Comic Book Covers”

THE STORY OF HEROES - “Hero Comic Book Covers”Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Susan Hawes – Ms. Birdwell's third grade

Susan Hawes inspired Mrs. Birdwell's third grade class with images of classic comic book covers like these: http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/all-star-comics. Susan even created her own comic book cover which is also on this page. The students were delighted to think of themselves as a comic book hero with their own special powers. They first pencil sketched their design and then spent countless hours meticulously coloring each square inch with bright, bold Sharpie makers. The results are stunning, funny and include a story that tells what you can't see by just looking at the cover.


Auction Item # 3 - Hero Rings, by Jill Block, To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th


The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Jill Block - Mrs. Hayes' third grade

“Hero Rings”


THE STORY OF HEROES - “Hero Rings”Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Jill Block – Mrs. Hayes' third grade

Jill Block inspired the children by showing them the beautiful rings that she makes and sells at Art and Invention Gallery: http://www.artandinvention.com/. Before making their "Hero Ring" each child thought of their Super Power word that they've been using at school this year: caring, helpful, smart and kind. The Super Power Words are reflected in the children's ring, the illustrations of themselves as a super hero and in their writing.


Item #4 – “Children are Heroes” by Mike Stutz, Place bid with your name under "Comments" Auction Ends May 20, 2011


"Stencil Portraits on Recycled Wood"
Mike inspired the
students by showing them examples of his amazing hand cut stencils. He explained how you can use old cereal boxes and pieces of mail to create those. Mike also created a wooden canvas using packing materials that were being discarded from his office where he works as a graphic designer.

Using photos of the class, Mike printed them and then hand cut a stencil for each student. The students delighted in using spray paint on the recycled wooden canvas to create the paintings of their stencils. Later tissue paper was added to create layers and the stencils
themselves were trimmed and added to the piece along with glitter and sequins.


The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.





Art Heroes Jenn Marie - Mrs. McCulley's fourth grade






















Recycling Heroes” and "Recycled Critter Creatures"

THE STORY OF HEROES - “Recycling Heroes” Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HEROES Jenn Marie and Mike Stutz – Mrs. McCulley's fourth grade class

Jenn Marie "Recycled Critter Creatures" and Mike Stutz "Stencil Portraits on Recycled Wood" both worked with Mrs. McCulley's class on separate days, different projects but the same idea - recycling heroes!

"Recycled Critter Creatures"
Jenn Marie inspired the students to use everyday objects that would normally be thrown away and to create art with them instead. Jenn brought in
pre-primed found objects like light bulbs, old jars, computer parts, and wire. The children picked from this collection, glued the pieces together and painted them with brightly colored acrylic paint. The pieces were finished with a gloss sealer and each student wrote a story to explain how their "critter" is a hero.



Auction Item # 5 - Phone Booth by Michelle Fuqua, To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th



The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.











Artist's Statement:

Calling All Heroes
Sometimes being a hero can be as simple as calling in and bringing someone a sandwich. Whether sitting by a hospital bed waiting for results or after a grueling day of digging out the muck from a flood, a simple act of nourishment, even if in a take-out container, can soothe and make someone feel loved. Hungry for a hero?




Recipe for a Hero Sandwich: To the bread of your life add slices of kindness, a dollop of courage, a little sparkle and a generous spread of initiative. Share with a stranger or a friend.

Acryllic on Lexan
Reverse and Forward Painting
Michelle Fuqua
2011

Art Hero Michelle Fuqua - Ms. Boles' First Grade Class


“Hero Sandwiches”

THE STORY OF HEROES -Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Michelle Fuqua – Mrs. Boles’ first grade class

Michelle inspired the children to think of the “ingredients” that make up a Hero. She brought in visual examples of sandwiches and printed out a list of words like: loving, helpful and kind. The children first drew their hero sandwiches with Sharpie markers on a colorful background. Next they used brightly colored acrylic paint and a variety of found objects to create texture. Once everything was dry the children went back and wrote the words that make up the “ingredients” for their own hero sandwich. The stories that go along with theses are touching. Some of the stories speak of their real life heroes such as their grandparents and friends.


Auction Item -#6 " Home by Angel Funk - To place bid, enter the dollar amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th



The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Angel Funk - Ms. Lurie's kindergarten class

“Circles of Hope”
"The Story of Heroes" Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Angel Funk - Ms. Lurie's kindergarten class

Angle Funk inspired Ms. Lurie's Kindergarten art with her amazing talent to use fibers, and sewing to create beautiful art! Each child choose a Super Hero Power Word to stick with colorful yarn and embellish with a variety of found objects and fabric. The objects and fabric that the children selected also reflect the emotions, actions or colors attributed to that Super Power Hero Word.


Auction Item #7 – Lockeland Superheroes by Michelle Sharp, Place your bid amount with your name under "Comments" Auction Ends May 20, 2011




The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Michelle Sharp - Ms. Sharp's fourth grade class

“Super Hero Self Portraits”
THE STORY OF HEROES - “Super Hero Self Portraits” Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Michelle Sharp – Ms. Sharp's fourth grade class














Michelle inspired the students by sharing information and examples of Roy Lichtenstein http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/30/sunday/main7298927.shtml . Each child envisioned themselves as a Roy Lictenstein Super Hero using their own personal Super Power Hero word. The students first drew their sketch with pencil, then painted with acrylic paint and finished it off with Sharpie and lively dots of paint in the background. Each piece is amazingly detailed and includes a piece of writing that tells the story of each "Super Hero SelfPortrait."


Auction Item # 8 - The Hero in You, by Katherine Sjoblom, To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th




The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Katherine Sjoblom - Mrs. McMurray's first grade class

" Super Power Hero Words - Bam! Pow!"


THE STORY OF HEROES - “Super Power Hero Words - Bam! Pow!”Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East NashvilleART HERO, Katherine Sjoblom– Mrs. McMurray's first grade class


Katherine Sjobolom inspried Mrs. McMurray's first grade class to think of the Super Power Hero Word they choose at the beginning of the school year. The student's reflected on the colors and patterns that would express that word with acrylic paint. Katherine shared scraps of wood from her husband's Kung Fu wood breaking class and the student's painted to their heart's content. They also illustrated their words on a "bam! bow! symbol" to give it more emphasis. The words, the painted background and found objects were added together to create the amazing pieces you see here. The icing on the "Super Power Hero Words- Bam! Pow!" art is the writing and illustrating that goes along with it. The student's stories had extra understanding and often humor to the story behind the art!




Saturday, May 7, 2011

Auction Item # 9 - Tomato and Goliath Print, by Camilla Spadafi To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th




The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Auction Item # 10 - The Hero Within, by Hosanna Banks, To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th





The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Hosanna Banks - Mr. Todd's third grade

“The Hero Within Us”

THE STORY OF HEROES - “The Hero Within Us”Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Hosanna Banks – Mr. Todd's third grade

Hosanna Banks is an artist and also the Librarian at East High School. I asked Hosanna if she could share her skills for facilitating the Piadeia Seminar in Mr. Todd's art class. Thankfully, Hosanna gladly agreed and created a fabulous seminar using the book "Fredrick" by Leo Lionni. During the seminar the children shared ways in which we are all heroes based on our gentle qualities. The children created a "monogram" for their art using the first letter of their first name of nickname and thought of all the hero words that could go with that letter. They decorated their "Hero Monograms" with all sorts of found objects that reflected their gentle qualities.

Auction Item # 11 - Feather Tree, by Micha Kling, To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th



The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Auction Item # 12- Animal Hero, by Shelia Smith, To place bid, enter the amount and your name under comments. The auction ends May 20th



The auction table and live auction bid sheets are on display at Lockeland Design Center. You may place "in person bids" during school hours AND at CamillaSpadafinoArt.com. anytime. All bids entered online will be written on the bid sheets at Lockeland on school days in morning by 8:30 a.m. All bids entered during the school day will be updated to the website by 3:30 each day.

This way you can bid online and/or in person. The auction will end on Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will be announced at Lockeland at the 3:00 p.m. dismissal that day and posted on the website by 3:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Lockeland Art Fund.

Art Hero, Shelia Smith - Ms. Foxx's Fourth Grade Class

"Animal Heroes to the Rescue!"

Art Hero, Shelia Smith "Animal Heroes to the Rescue!" Lockeland Design Center's Art Show and Sale
Mrs. Foxx's fourth grade class

Ms Shelia inspired the students to think of all the ways that animals can be heroes before teaching the students the history of and how to work with glass art. Each child created their own glass art magnet with the guidance of Ms. Shelia and then wrote and illustrated their own short story to explain their thinking on this topic. Before the art lesson we shared the story of TERRA and BELLA who are dog and elephant friend heroes to each other. You can watch their story here:




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Art Hero, Herb Williams - Ms. Francescon's second grade class

"Super Hero Logos"
THE STORY OF HEROES - “Super Hero Logos”

Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Herb Williams - Ms. Butler's second grade class

Herb inspired the children to create their own "Super Hero Logo" by showing them examples of super heroes and their costumes. The children enjoyed linking their logo to their Super Power Hero Word and designing a logo with the help of Herb. The students first sketched their design, then painted it on a wooden background, and then glued crayons to cover the surface. The patterns, colors and symbols they choose are described in the story that goes with them.

To learn more about Herb Williams you can visit his website, be sure to check out the "press" section to see two videos of Herb and his work: http://www.herbwilliamsart.com/

Art Hero, Johnnie Downs - Mrs. Kessler's second grade class

“Friendly Monster Puppets”
THE STORY OF HEROES - Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Jonnie Downs – Mrs. Kessler's second grade class

Jonnie Downs inspired Mrs. Kessler's second grade class with the timely tale of "Where the Wild Things Are." He led the students in a discussion of how you can't judge a book by its cover and that often even monstrous looking creatures can actually be heroes once you get to know them. After the discussion we reminded the students about a previous guest artist, Alex Pearson and his Monster Friends Poster Series: http://familytreedesign.net/. The student's had a blast creating their own "Friendly Monster Puppets" from fabric, ribbons, found objects and paint. The stories that go along with them explain how even though the puppets might like scary, deep down they are heroes!

Art Hero, Jan Hatelberg - Mrs. Brannan's frist grade class

“Hero Warrior Masks”

THE STORY OF HEROES - “Hero Warrior Masks”
Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Jan Hatelberg– Mrs. Brannan's first grade class

Jan Hatelberg amazed Mrs. Brannan's first grade class with her story of Empeor Qin's Terracotta Warriors http://www.terracottawarriorexhibit.com/ . Jan visited the site in China on a trip last year and showed us all her photos and share her wonderful tale. The chlidren imagined what type of super power they would use to protect Emperour Qin and picked a word to represent that. The practiced making facial expressions and the used that muscle memory to sculpt that expression in the clay. Once the pieces were fired, the children used colorful acrylic paint to finish the pieces and further express the power word they represent. We hope you enjoy the stories that go along with the "Hero Warrior Mask" that each child has written to go along with their art.

Art Hero, Ann Rose Burch - Mrs. Walker's kindergarten class

"Insects are Heroes Too!"


THE STORY OF HEROES - “Insects are Heroes Too! ”
Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville

ART HERO, Rose Ann Burch– Mrs. Walker's kindergarten class



Ann Rose inspired Ms. Walker's class to think of all the ways bugs are insects! The children delighted us with their knowledge of pollinating, soil creation, and seed spreading. Kindergartners are already inspiring with their fresh take on the world and art and they truly showed us that with this project. The students were delighted to sculpt insects and other flying creatures out of model magic, wire, beads, and feathers. The words they shared about how insects are heroes are also featured on the colored dots hanging along with their sculptures on their mobiles!

Art Hero, Nashville Dave - Mrs. Martin's Kindergarten Class

“Super Friends Hero Collages"

THE STORY OF HEROES - “Super Friends Hero Collages"

Art Show and Sale by Lockeland Design Center a Metro K-4 Magnet School in East Nashville
ART HERO, Nashville Dave – Mrs. Martin's kindergarten class

Nashville Dave does many things from architectural designs, collage to photogrpahy: http://nashvilledave.com/. He inspired Ms. Martin's class by showing him his collection of abstract collages where he juxtaposes facial features to make wacky and whimsical people. The students had great fun taking photos of each others faces in class to use in their colleges of each other. Once David printed the photos he came back to class to inspire the children to create their own collages using bits and pieces of each others features.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Friday, May 6 - HERO ART SHOW - Riverside Village

















Lockeland Design Center's third annual Art Show and Sale has a new date!
Join us on Friday, May 6 from 3:30 - 7:30 at Riverside Village at 1400 McGavock Pike in the lovely 37216 portion of East Nashville.

The theme of this year's art show is "The Story of Heroes." Inspired by the stories of the Nashville Flood, the entire school has been celebrating and integrating the hero theme for the 2010 - 2011 school year. Lockeland's art teacher has joined forces with 16 Art Heroes who are acting as guest artists for each class and inspiring the students with their own take on the hero theme. Most of our Art Heroes are parents at Lockeland, and each has a surprising and fresh take on the theme of heroes.


The children's projects stem from a range of essential questions, such as: "How are insects heroes in the natural world?" to "How can you create an abstract photo of a hero using only the objects and environment around you?" "The Story of Art Heroes Art Show and Sale" will feature the work of each K-4 child at Lockeland Design Center along with the works of the Art Heroes who inspired them. The children's art will be for sale to their families only BUT the fabulous adult Art Hero pieces will be for sale to the public. Join us for the opening of this show on Friday, May 6 from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m at Riverside Village, 1400 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216.


All proceeds from the Art Show and Sale go to fund the art program at Lockeland Design Center. For more information about Riverside Village, visit their website: RiversideVillageNashville.com . To learn more about Lockeland Design Center, a K-4 Metro Nashville Public Magnet School located in historic East Nashville, visit: LockelandDes.Mnps.Org.